NAMPA -- Thousands of Coloradans have been forced from their homes after last week's devastating floods. Now, some Idahoans are making sure they have basic necessities in the meantime.
Hands of Hope Northwest in Nampa is sending out crisis care kits that include full-sized shampoo bottles, toothpaste, toothbrushes, washcloths and other hygiene products. The kits alsoinclude a stuffed animal for children.
At 4:00 Wednesday afternoon, the local volunteers got calls from a national coordinator and talked to the pastor of a Nazarene church in Greeley, Colorado.
He called and said 'How soon can you get here, and how many of these things can you bring?' said Jeff Sharpton, a volunteer with Hands of Hope.
An hour after the first call, 400 boxes were being packed up at Hands of Hope Northwest's warehouse in Nampa. Those 400 boxes have a total of 2,400 Crisis Care Kits.
They have lost everything, Sharpton said. They don't have a toothbrush or a washcloth or anything. They're just put in a community center or a recreation center and put on a cot with nothing. So this stuff's going to be like gold to them.
The kits going to Colorado are the same kits that have helped people after Hurricane Sandy last year, and the Oklahoma tornadoes this year.
Sharpton will be personally delivering the kits to the Nazarene church in Greeley, Colorado. He'll leave early Thursday morning to make the 15-hour trip. He also delivered kits to Oklahoma earlier this year.
I love being a first responder. I just like to help people in need. I like to be there as soon as I can and stay as long as I can, so it's real rewarding, Sharpton said.
The Nampa warehouse keeps supplies from all around the West. In fact, Sharpton, just a few days ago, picked up many of the kits headed to Colorado from churches in Portland, Oregon.
If you'd like to learn more about donating for the kits or the other programs by Hands of Hope, click here.